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  1. Sep 08, 2021 · According to Charlie, in a year like 2021 when you have a full moon in mid-October and another one in mid-November, the pump is primed for a classic “trickle rut.”. “Some does will cue off the October full moon (and come into estrous) while others will cue off the November full moon,” Alsheimer wrote in Deer and Deer Hunting magazine.

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    Species:Whitetail Estimated population:About 1.25 million Fall 2020-’21 harvest: 195,138 registered via Game Check; total estimated harvest not yet available. Overall outlook:“Everything looks good for the 2021-’22 deer season,” says Chris Cook, deer program coordinator for the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. “Deer are abundant across the entire state, and age structure of the annual buck harvest seems to be increasing over the last several years.” Potential Fall 2021 hotspots:Cook said hunting is good throughout Alabama, but deer numbers seem to be increasing in the northwestern and southernmost counties. Quick tip:Cook urged hunters to look at Alabama’s Deer Rut Map at outdooralabama.com to plan hunting efforts at wildlife management areas or other properties. Season dates/bag limits:OutdoorAlabama.com

    Species: Sitka blacktail deer; some mule deerhave been sighted from the eastern interior to northern southeastern Alaska. Estimated population:Not available. Blacktail populations fluctuate considerably based on winter severity. Fall 2020-’21 harvest: 17,566 (2019 harvest) Overall outlook:“Our deer pellet indices suggest that the population is at moderate-high levels,” says Charlotte Westing, Prince William Sound area wildlife biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. “The last two winters were a return to ‘normal’ after almost 10 years of mild, low-snow conditions. While some winter kill undoubtedly occurred, there are no signs of a major population impact.” However, Kodiak Island experienced a relatively harsh winter in 2019, which significantly affected the blacktail population there. “We estimate a 60 to 70 percent reduction in the population in some of the harder hit areas of the island, particularly the eastern side of the island and some areas on the southern end,...

    Species:Mule deer and Coues whitetail deer Estimated population:85,000 Coues deer, 105,000 mule deer Fall 2020-’21 harvest: 10,295 mule deer, 10,376 whitetails Overall outlook:Dustin Darveau, terrestrial wildlife specialist with the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Game Program, says most of Arizona is still experiencing severe drought conditions, so fawn recruitment and general overall nutrition have decreased the past several years. Below-average precipitation through much of the state in 2020 triggered permit reductions in several game management units. Increases in fawn and buck trends resulting from 2021 rainfall won’t be noticeable for the next two years. Several game management units have experienced large-scale wildfires the past several years, some of which will benefit wildlife as the vegetation recovers. Other areas, however, experienced high burn severity and will take much longer to recover. Potential Fall 2021 hotspots:“The northern and eastern regions of the state h...

    Species:Whitetail Estimated population:900,000 to 1 million Fall 2020-’21 harvest: 216,835 Overall outlook:“Population trends in most of Arkansas are considered stable, although some areas along major river systems may be considered in rebound mode following several years of prolonged flooding events,” says Ralph Meeker, deer program coordinator for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. Meeker noted that bucks 3.5 years old or older comprised about 71 percent of the 2020 harvest, compared to about 67 percent in 2019. Potential Fall 2021 hotspots:Meeker says several areas of the state saw dramatic harvest increases in 2020. Quick tip:“With an increase in the demand for outdoor equipment, ammunition and meat processing services, an increase in the number of hunters in the woods, and a limited amount of area to hunt, start to prepare for your season now,” Meeker says. Season dates/bag limits: agfc.com/en/hunting/big-game/deer

    Species:Mule deer and Columbian blacktail deer (northern coastal region) Estimated population:460,420 (mule deer and blacktails) Fall 2020-’21 harvest: 26,325 mule deer Overall outlook:Julie Garcia, deer program coordinator for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, says that although California deer herds experience annual increases and declines across the state, the overall population trends remain stable. Potential Fall 2021 hotspots:“The 2021 season is going to be a challenge for hunters with the ongoing drought conditions and current and expected future wildfires in many of the premium zones,” says Garcia. Quick tip: Garcia says hunters should be flexible when considering spots this year. Visit the U.S. Forest Service website for wildfire and forest closures in hunting areas (fs.usda.gov). Season dates/bag limits:wildlife.ca.gov/Hunting/Deer

    Species:Mule deer and whitetails Estimated population:About 427,570 Fall 2020-’21 harvest: Estimated 38,899 Overall outlook:Bradley Gabrielski, Colorado Parks and Wildlife communications center wildlife coordinator, says deer populations have increased statewide. Currently, 52 percent of Colorado’s data analysis units are above population objectives. Nineteen DAUs are within population objectives, and 30 percent are below objectives. The state increased deer licenses by 1,100 for 2021. Potential Fall 2021 hotspots:“Colorado is one of the premier deer hunting destinations in the western United States,” says Gabrielski. “This year, the eastern part of the continental divide has provided much-needed moisture to Colorado. This additional moisture has provided plentiful habitat for our deer populations. Deer hunting east of the continental divide will offer great hunting opportunities for hunters at varying elevations. We are anticipating higher success rates in the later seasons based o...

    Species:Whitetail Estimated population:No estimate Fall 2020-’21 harvest: 10,881 Overall outlook:Deer numbers appear to be relatively stable across the state. Potential Fall 2021 hotspots:“Because many (refuges) exist throughout the state, older bucks can be found almost anywhere, but southwestern Connecticut is probably the best area to find older bucks (more land closed to hunting),” says Howard Kilpatrick, supervising wildlife biologist with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Quick tip:Kilpatrick said that hunters should focus on forested areas during years with good acorn crops but hunt green fields and near residential areas in years with poor acorn production. Season dates/bag limits: portal.ct.gov/DEEP/Hunting/2021-Connecticut-Hunting-and-Trapping-Guide/Deer-Hunting

    Species:Whitetail Estimated population:No estimate Fall 2020-’21 harvest: 17,265 Overall outlook:Delaware features a thriving deer herd and offers one of the country’s longest archery seasons (five months). Potential Fall 2021 hotspots:In 2020, the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife says whitetail densities are highest in Delaware’s northernmost county, New Castle. However, access can be difficult. Sussex County, in the southern part of the state, is more rural, with woodlots and agricultural fields. Quick tip:Delaware is divided into 18 wildlife management zones, each with many public hunting opportunities. According to the state Division of Fish and Wildlife website, the number of quality bucks harvested per square mile in Delaware is comparable to the Midwest and other well-known areas. Season dates/bag limits: dnrec.alpha.delaware.gov/fish-wildlife/hunting/seasons

    Species:Whitetail Estimated population:Not available Fall 2020-’21 harvest: 66,921 Overall outlook:Cory Morea, deer management program coordinator with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, saYS the statewide deer population is stable despite some fluctuations at local levels. Antler-point restrictions initiated in 2014 and 2015 have resulted in a 23 percent decrease in the harvest of 1.5-year-old bucks. Potential Fall 2021 hotspots: “Areas in northern and central Florida tend to contain higher-quality habitat to support deer growth and reproduction,” says Morea. “However, deer with larger antlers can be found in most areas of the state.” Also, Morea said hunters can find information on buck scores based on the county in which they were harvested at FWC’s buck registry interactive map: ocean.floridamarine.org/FLBuckRegistry. Further, Morea said, the state added two new areas to its 6-million-acre WMA system: Orange Hammock WMA, a 5,777-acre property in Sarasota County, and Everg...

    Species:Whitetail Estimated population:Unavailable Fall 2020-’21 harvest: Unavailable Overall outlook:Georgia’s deer herd is healthy and stable across much of the state. The buck age structure is good. Potential Fall 2021 hotspots:Counties east of Atlanta typically have the highest harvests, including some good bucks. Deer populations in mountain counties, especially on U.S. Forest Service land, are lower than desired densities. Quick tip:Check out the state’s online map to find the peak rutting times by county: georgiawildlife.com/rut-map. Season dates/bag limits: georgiawildlife.com/sites/default/files/wrd/pdf/regulations/SeasonDates.pdf

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  3. Sep 08, 2021 · Many huge bucks are killed every year during the rut window of November 8-14 regardless of moon phase. Like the 160-inch 8-point that Gary Sulcer killed with his bow in Illinois as the buck ran by ...

  4. The Deer Rut Autumn, between late September and early November, is the rutting season for many deer species, and you may be considering visiting a local park to see the action for yourself. Before you do, take a moment to consider the safety of yourself and everyone with you.

  5. In simple terms, rut is a window of time when a goat buck experiences a surge of hormones and is ready to breed does. The truth is, a buck can breed does all year long, but when he’s in rut, he is more determined to do the deed than the rest of the year. This is also why it’s not advised to keep bucklings with their mothers for more than 3 ...

  6. Nov 12, 2018 · What the researchers found was remarkable consistency in the date of the average peak of the rut from year to year, regardless of the weather conditions or the moon. This idea that day length triggers the breeding cycle (scientists refer to this as photoperiod) makes intuitive sense in a northern climate, since in most years deer need to ...

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